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Lynn A. Baker

  • Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law;
  • Co-Director - Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media



  • Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2010 with Clayton P. Gillette; 3rd ed. 2004; Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Law & Business, 2nd ed. 1999; Teacher's Manual, 4th ed. 2010 with Clayton P. Gillette; 3rd ed. 2004; Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Law & Business, 2nd ed. 1999).


  • Alienability of Mass Tort Claims, 63 DePaul Law Review 265 (2014).
  • Models of Closure in Mass Torts: A Comment on “The Mass Tort Bankruptcy: A Pre-History [Symposium: The Public Life of Private Law: A Volume in Honor of Richard Nagareda], 5 Journal of Tort Law 85 (2012).
  • The Spending Power After NFIB v. Sebelius, 37 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 71 (2013).
  • Setting Attorneys’ Fees in Securities Class Action: An Empirical Assessment, 66 Vanderbilt Law Review 1677 (2013) (with Charles M. Silver & Michael A. Perino).
  • Fiduciaries and Fees: Preliminary Thoughts [Symposium: Civil Procedure and the Legal Profession], 79 Fordham Law Review 1833 (2011) (with Charles M. Silver).
  • The Politics of Legal Ethics: Case Study of a Rule Change [Symposium: Ted Schneyer Ethics Symposium: Lawyer Regulation for the 21st Century], 53 Arizona Law Review 425 (2011).
  • Constitutional Ambiguities and Originalism: Lessons from the Spending Power [Symposium: Original Ideas on Originalism], 103 Northwestern University Law Review 495 (2009).
  • Constitutional Home Rule and Judicial Scrutiny [Symposium: Home Rule], 86 Denver University Law Review 1337 (2009) (with Daniel B. Rodriguez).
  • Twenty-Year Legacy of South Dakota v. Dole: Dole Dialogue, 52 South Dakota Law Review 468 (2007) (with Sanford Levinson).
  • The Future of Federalism? Pierce County v. Guillen as a Case Study, 50 New York Law School Law Review 699 (2005-2006).
  • Lochner's Legacy for Modern Federalism: Pierce County v. Guillen as a Case Study, 85 Boston University Law Review 727 (2005).
  • Preferences, Priorities, and Plebiscites, 13 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 317 (2004).
  • Getting off the Dole: Why the Court Should Abandon Its Spending Doctrine, and How a Too-Clever Congress Could Provoke It to Do So, 78 Indiana Law Journal 459 (2003) (with Mitchell N. Berman).
  • Commentary: Facts About Fees: Lessons for Legal Ethics [Symposium: The Impact of Civil Justice on the American Economy & Polity], 80 Texas Law Review 1985 (2002).
  • Introduction: Civil Justice Fact and Fiction [Symposium: The Impact of Civil Justice on the American Economy & Polity], 80 Texas Law Review 1537 (2002) (with Charles Silver).
  • Should Liberals Fear Federalism? [2001 William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law], 70 University of Cincinnati Law Review 433 (2002).
  • Federalism and the Double Standard of Judicial Review, 51 Duke Law Journal 75 (2001) (with Ernest A. Young).
  • Putting the Safeguards Back into the Political Safeguards of Federalism, 46 Villanova Law Review 951 (2001).
  • The Spending Power and the Federalist Revival, 4 Chapman Law Review 195 (2001).
  • Conditional Federal Spending and States' Rights, 574 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 104 (2001).
  • Getting from Here to There: The Rebirth of Constitutional Restraints on the Special Interest State, 40 William & Mary Law Review 515 (1999) (with Samuel H. Dinkin).
  • The Aggregate Settlement Rule and Ideals of Client Service, 41 South Texas Law Review 227 (1999) (with Charles Silver).
  • When Every Relationship is Above Average: Perceptions and Expectations of Divorce at the Time of Marriage, 17 Law & Human Behavior 439 (1993) (with Robert E. Emery). [Reprinted in Family Law in Action: A Reader 73 (M. Brinig et al. eds.; Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing, 1999).]
  • The Revival of States' Rights: A Progress Report and a Proposal, 22 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 95 (1998).
  • I Cut, You Choose: The Role of Plaintiffs' Counsel in Allocating Settlement Proceeds, 84 Virginia Law Review 1465 (1998) (with Charles Silver).
  • The Missing Pages of the Majority Opinion in Romer v. Evans, 68 University of Colorado Law Review 387 (1997).
  • Mass Lawsuits and the Aggregate Settlement Rule, 32 Wake Forest Law Review 733 (1997) (with Charles Silver).
  • The Senate: An Institution Whose Time Has Gone?, 13 Journal of Law & Politics 21 (1997) (with Samuel H. Dinkin).
  • Federalism: The Argument From Article V, 13 Georgia State University Law Review 923 (1997).
  • Mass Lawsuits and the Aggregate Settlement Rule, 32 Wake Forest Law Review 733 (1997) (with Charles Silver).
  • Interdisciplinary Due Diligence: The Case for Common Sense in the Search for the Swing Justice, 70 Southern California Law Review 187 (1996).
  • "They the People": A Comment on U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 38 Arizona Law Review 859 (1996).
  • Constitutional Change and Direct Democracy, 66 University of Colorado Law Review 143 (1995).
  • Bargaining for Public Assistance, 72 Denver University Law Review 949 (1995).
  • Conditional Federal Spending After Lopez, 95 Columbia Law Review 1911 (1995).
  • Promulgating the Marriage Contract, 23 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 217 (1990). [Excerpted in D. Westfall, Family Law 227 (1994).]
  • Direct Democracy and Discrimination: A Public Choice Perspective, 67 Chicago-Kent Law Review 707 (1992).
  • "Just Do It": Pragmatism and Progressive Social Change, 78 Virginia Law Review 697 (1992) (with reply by Richard Rorty). [Excerpted in Jurisprudence: Contemporary Readings, Narratives, and Problems 492 (N. Levit & R. Hayman eds.; 1994). [Earlier version published in Pragmatism in Law and Society 99 (M. Brint & W. Weaver eds.; 1991).]
  • Webster and Incomplete Judicial Review, 6 Journal of Law & Politics 549 (1990).
  • The Prices of Rights: Toward a Positive Theory of Unconstitutional Conditions, 75 Cornell Law Review 1185 (1990).
  • "I Think I Do": Another Perspective on Consent and the Law, 16 Law, Medicine & Health Care 256 (1988).
  • Unnecessary and Improper: The Judicial Councils Reform and Judicial Conduct Disability Act of 1980, 94 Yale Law Journal 1117 (1985).


  • The Myth of the American Welfare State, 9 Yale Law & Policy Review 110 (1991) (reviewing America's Misunderstood Welfare State: Persistent Myths, Enduring Realities, by T. Marmor, J. Mashaw & P. Harvey).


  • South Dakota v. Dole, 483 U.S. 203 (1987) , in 4 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States 431 (David S. Tanenhaus ed.; Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008).
  • Federalism and the Spending Power from Dole to Birmingham Board of Education, in The Rehnquist Legacy 205 (C. Bradley, ed.; Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2006).
  • Federalism and Redistribution: Lessons from the American Experience, in Patterns Of Regionalism And Federalism 173 (Basil Markesinis & Jörg Fedtke eds.; Oxford, U.K.: Hart Publishing, 2006).

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